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Dr. Joseph Richardson, Jr. holds a Joint Appointment in the Department of Anthropology (Health) and a Secondary Appointment in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Division of Preventive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Richardson's research focuses on four specific areas: 1) Gun Violence and the Bio-psychosocial Model; 2) Violence, violent injury and trauma among Black boys and young Black men; 3) Incarceration and probation as social determinants of health for young Black men; 4) Parenting strategies for low-income Black male youth. Trained as a criminologist and medical anthropologist.

Dr. Richardson is the Principal Investigator for the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Center for Injury Prevention and Policy (CIPP) and the Violence Intervention Program (Baltimore), a hospital-based violence intervention program at the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. As Principal Investigator, he is leading violence research studies to understand the effectiveness of hospital-based violence intervention programs in reducing trauma and criminal recidivism. Dr. Richardson is producing a digital storytelling project titled Life After the Gunshot https://www.lifeafterthegunshot.com/ which explores the intersection of the healthcare and criminal justice systems among ten young Black male survivors of nonfatal firearm violence with histories of criminal justice involvement.

Brandon Jones M.A. is a psychotherapist and professor specializing in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), historical and intergenerational trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and youth justice. He is a professor at Metropolitan State University and Century College. He lives by the motto of “Live life with Purpose on Purpose”.


Brandon is a Psychotherapist, Professor and currently serves as the Integrated Services Manager at Northpoint Health and Wellness Center. He specializations in Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Historical and Intergenerational trauma, Social/Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Leadership, and Youth Justice. Born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Brandon has survived living in a home of domestic violence and various other forms of trauma. Brandon holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Community Psychology from Metropolitan State University, and a Masters in Psychotherapy (MFT) from Adler Graduate School. Brandon is also a 2013 Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow. He is also professor at Metropolitan State University and Century College. 

Special Guest

Guy Bryant “Forever Dad” has been a foster parent for the past 12 years, opening his home to over 50 young men who otherwise would have aged out of the system. He wants to set up these young adults for success, and he wants them to know they’ll always have a home. He will discuss his work with youth transitioning out of foster care is what powers his work with kids who are still in the system.

Mr. Bryant will be interviewed by W. Curtis Marshall, MS a Public Health Consultant with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health.  Utilizing structured analytical approaches, he works with public health departments, community-based organizations, and consortiums to identify root causes, to develop and implement population-based and health equity strategies and programs, targeting at-risk populations to improve community health.  He is a founding member of the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, serving eight years as program chairperson for the Milwaukee Fatherhood Summit.  He is passionate regarding positive father and male involvement in their children’s lives and provides consultation to fatherhood and family service providers.

Sam Simmons has over 30-years’ experience as an alcohol and drug counselor and behavioral consultant specializing in culturally sensitive trauma informed strategies and working African American males and their families. He is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota.


Sam received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma award and the Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership in culturally sensitive trauma informed work in the community and around the country. In 2017 Sam received the Champions for Children Award for his trauma work with parents. In 2018 he received Public Health Hero Award for his unique, innovative, and culturally specific trauma informed work from the City of Minneapolis.


In 2018 Sam was honored by the NFL for his work to end violence against women and interpersonal violence. In 2019 he became project consultant on the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Advisory Council on Opioid Use Disorders in the African American Community. Sam is co-host of "Voices” radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues of the urban community. He is co-creator of the Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing conference and for that work in 2018 he received recognition from both Minneapolis and St. Paul Mayors and Minnesota’s’ Governor. “

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